Monday, December 18, 2006

Services available in San Francisco

Deaf AIDS Support Services (DASS)
If you have HIV or AIDS, and you are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or have some hearing loss in the San Francisco Area, Deaf AIDS Support Services can provide support services. These services can be provided at our San Francisco office, in a medical setting, or in your home. In general, services include practical support, case management, counseling and communication support. DASS also provides training for professionals and community providers about HIV and hearing loss.

Most of these services are only available for San Francisco residents. Culturally sensitive counseling services are available to anyone, depending on their insurance coverage

Did you know?
HIV infections and some medications used by people with HIV can cause hearing loss or
make hearing loss worse.

Services include:
  • Individual, couples, and family counseling
  • Case management
  • Referrals to other programs to meet your specific needs, including practical support
    with food shopping, or rides to medical or other appointments.
  • Communication and interpreting services for HIV-related services and activities.
  • Loan program for assistive listening devices such as doorbell/light system, and
    amplification listening equipment.

    School-Based Partnership Programs
    The Partnership Program is a school-based mental health and school consultation program targeting Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. The Partnership Program works in partnership with students, families, and teachers with the goal of fostering academic, personal and social successes for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children and youth, and enhancing the strengths of students and their families towards improved communications.

    The first Partnership Program began in San Francisco in 1995 at a San Francisco Elementary School with classes for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. In 1997, due to the success of the program, it was expanded to cover two classrooms at the same school site.

    In 2000, the program was expanded to San Mateo County through funding from Peninsula Community Foundation. The San Mateo Partnership Program works in collaboration with four public schools in San Mateo County, from Elementary through High School grades.

    Both programs continue to address the needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students, family members, and teachers. Services include individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, parent support groups, and consultation with school staff.

    In the fall of 2001, the San Mateo Partnership Program expanded to include infant and early childhood programs in San Mateo County through funding from Morris Stulsaft Foundation. These early intervention services include parenting groups, play/communication groups, crisis intervention, family community activities, and teacher consultation.

    This information and more is available at:

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